Chamber music by Curtis student composers Emily Cooley, Aiyana Tedi Braun, Andrew Moses, Chelsea Komschlies, and Dai Wei.
Emily Cooley: Settle
Brandon Garbot, violin; Cynthia Phillippi, viola; Oliver Herbert, cello and Michael Davidman, piano
Emily Cooley is currently Community Artist Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music. Settle was commissioned and premiered by the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in 2016. Emily describes the piece as “addressing the question of how do we carve out, or discover something special and meaningful when there are a lot the things going on.”
Aiyana Tedi Braun: Uncommon Threads
Andrew Moses, clarinet; Young In Na, cello and Aiyana Tedi Braun, piano
Aiyana Tedi Braun is one of nine classical composers to win the BMI Student Composers Awards in 2017. In this piece Ms. Braun explored the importance of breath scattered within the piece, “creating moments of frustration and having that melt to moment of meditation and a place where the music always returns to breath.”
Andrew Moses: let the river run over every part of you
Emma Resmini, flute; Yan Liu, clarinet; Haram Kim, violin; Oliver Herbert, cello Janice Carissa, piano and Zubin Hathi, percussion
When asked how would you describe the piece, composer Andrew Moses responded “I don’t want to talk about what the piece is about, I don’t feel like I can speak for it and that might seen odd for a composer to say, but I feel like I’ve given it away and its almost its own living being now and everything I could say is already in itself in the piece.”
Chelsea Komschlies: Cabinet of Curiosities
Emma Resmini, flute; Virginia McDowell, oboe; Yuhsin Su, clarinet; Maggie O’Leary, bassoon and Bryn Coveney, horn
Chelsea Komschlies work has strong visual qualities and it is very apparent in Cabinet of Curiosities, for woodwind quintet.
Dai Wei: Three Pieces for String Quartet
Stephen Kim, violin; Lun Li, violin; Kunbo Xu, viola and Oliver Herbert, cello
Dai Wei, from Guangzhou, China entered Curtis in 2016, composed Three Pieces for String Quartet that explores different types of time perception.